Milton's Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Team (TLAER) has been hard at work recently, saving animals across Milton and neighboring Cherokee County.
On Nov. 25, TLAER members pulled a horse from a muddy Cherokee County ditch that had snared the animal's leg. Battalion Chief Bill Bourn said these situations can be especially dangerous for horses, as their legs can break or hooves can be pulled off while being lifted out of the mud due to the suction of the muck.
Eventually, however, firefighters were able to get the horse out and pull it to safety unharmed.
On Dec. 17, TLAER members helped an immobile Cherokee County horse stand on its own using a sling, rescue glide - a back board for large animals - tractor and donated wrecker. Bourn said older or sick horses that lie down often have trouble getting back up. Luckily, the animal was fine after being helped.
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